Things to Do in Napa Valley

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Founded by Diageo Chateau & Estates—also the owner of notable Napa wineries BV and Provenance—Acacia is a relatively secluded... Read More

In downtown St. Helena, ACME Fine Wines was created as a destination for those looking to acquire hard-to-find wines sourced from vintners in the Napa... Read More

Inspired by her international art education, Napa native Gretchen Kimball founded Alla Prima Studio as a way to bring both novice and experienced... Read More

Four miles northeast of downtown St. Helena, Andrew Lane winery doubles as the personal residence of owner Andrew Dickson. Established in 1978 by... Read More

Established by siblings Anette and Brent Madsen, this downtown sweet shop is housed in a yellow-walled, wood-floored space that was formerly Patrick... Read More

With its strikingly modern landscaping and architecture, this property at first looks more like a museum (or perhaps a James Bond film location) than a... Read More

Another great option: The family-run August Briggs, housed within a simple barnlike building on the south edge of town, offers free tastings. Read More

Once the sommelier at The French Laundry, owner Daniel Dawson now brings his expertise to Back Room Wines. The shop nearly doubled... Read More

Located next to the Rutherford Grill, Beaulieu Vineyards—or BV as it is known to most—is Napa’s longest-operating winery, dating back... Read More

Reminiscent of a castle, the Beringer estate is the oldest operating winery in Napa, having produced sacramental wine during Prohibition. Founded by... Read More

This new 150-seat jazz club is on the first floor of the historic Napa Valley Opera House. Riffing off the original Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City... Read More

Thomas Keller, the famed restaurateur who made the small town of Yountville in Napa a culinary destination, opened this casual bakery as a way to... Read More

Despite an exterior that resembles a nondescript storage facility, this winery’s tasting room has a surprisingly romantic interior with dim... Read More

This winery and restaurant diverges from Napa’s ubiquitous pastoral sentiments, bringing a touch of stark, industrial-sleek design to wine country,... Read More

The winery produces vintages in a solar-powered steel-and-wood space. Read More

Friendly staffers can arrange packages that include bike rentals, maps, wine-tasting appointments, lunch reservations, and (if you need it) roadside... Read More

In downtown Calistoga this spa and resort, with surrounding views of the Palisades Mountains, is known for its reception of families, being that the... Read More

Referred to by locals as "the Cameo," this historic theater has one of the oldest movie screens in existence in the U.S. and shows a rotating selection... Read More

After 15 years under construction, Castello di Amorosa opened to guests in 2007. The structure resembles a 12th-century-style Italian castle with ... Read More

Salsa and Latin funk play in the background at this upbeat downtown wine tasting room, which serves award-winning wines from the family-owned, third... Read More

Founder Jean-Noel Formeaux du Sartel affectionately named this winery after his family’s 900-year-old castle in France, although the tasting... Read More

As a connoisseur of Bordeaux, Canadian-born businessman Cliff Lede injected himself into the professional wine trade in 2002, purchasing 60 acres of... Read More

Situated in the valley of the Stags Leap district, Clos du Val winery earned international acclaim after producing one of the six Californian Cabernet... Read More

Architect Michael Graves turned to the ancient civilivations of the Mediterrean when considering the Postmodern design of Clos Pegase. The god of wine,... Read More

With views of the Vaca Mountain Range, this winery is unique in that it sources Bordeaux-style grapes from almost all 15 appellations of the Napa Valley... Read More

Serious seekers of culinary and wine knowledge have flocked to this Napa Valley campus since 1995. The roster of food and wine courses here is... Read More

After 22 years of harvesting grapes in Carneros, Rene and Veronica di Rosa transformed their winery into a 250-acre, indoor-outdoor museum dedicated to... Read More

Domaine Chandon was founded in 1973 by the European company Moët-Hennessy; today it continues to combine traditional French winemaking practices... Read More

Since 1952, this clean, friendly, family-owned resort has allowed visitors (most of them day-trippers) to experience Calistoga’s iconic mineral... Read More

California wine country’s top summer festival, which takes place at venues throughout Napa, combines classical music—including a recital by... Read More

Located in downtown St. Helena, this shoe store specializes in high-quality, handmade ballet flats. Though owner Jan Niemi designed the shop's 200-plus... Read More

Within the framework of what was once Larkmead Winery -- originally built in 1884 and now listed among the National Register of Historical Places --... Read More

Although the property's history dates back to 1886, this St. Helena winery, located along Route 29, didn't get its current moniker until 1939,... Read More

Freemark Abbey’s shop, located within the winery's tasting room, was designed with wood floors, a sharp-angled wood-beamed ceiling, and hanging... Read More

Drop by the concrete bar at Girard’s tasting room and order a flight of its award-winning wines. Or reserve a private tasting paired with small... Read More

Though the look is somewhat dated, this downtown Calistoga spa and resort offers comparable amenities and treatments to other facilities in the area.... Read More

This St. Helena staple boasts a wide variety of tasting experiences: the Hallmark Tour lasts 45 minutes and includes a stroll through the scenic grounds... Read More

Surrounded by two lakes and mountains blanketed with sequoia trees, this organic vineyard is situated on a 1.9-acre parcel of land that was once... Read More

Some of the friendliest pourers in Napa staff the tasting room of this winery, where the surrounding canopy of sycamore trees makes you feel miles away... Read More

Being that William Jarvis studied physics and electronics at UC Berkeley, it seems appropriate that his winery is not only one of the most... Read More

The former owner of a construction company in the 1960’s, Joseph Phelps decided to start his own winery after being commissioned to build... Read More

You can blend three varietals into a barrel—that’s the equivalent of 288 bottles, which can be shipped home after a year of aging. (lessons... Read More

Pat Kuleto is most notable for his work as a San Francisco restaurateur and interior designer. In 1992, he purchased 761-acres of land between Lake... Read More

Meaning "hillside" in Spanish, Ladera is named for the two regions in which their respected Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced: Howell Mountain and Lone... Read More

Sspecializing in retreats for couples, this spa accepts only a maximum of eight clients at one time in its Asian-inspired garden setting. Small houses... Read More

Hidden down a small lane in the rustic Carneros region, this Napa newcomer offers leisurely tastings in a scenic country setting. The tasting room is a... Read More

Along the Mayacamas Mountains, Long Meadow Ranch occupies 650-acres of vegetation, upon which are a grocery store with the property’s harvest,... Read More

This art gallery and wine tasting facility is housed inside a stone building that was constructed in 1904. In 2008, Michael Polenske, entrepreneur and... Read More

As one of Napa’s most respected interior designers, Erin Martin has cobbled together a variety of art pieces, furniture, books, sculptures, lamps,... Read More

Drifting above undulating acres of vineyards in a hot air balloon is one of the most singular experiences you can have in wine country. Since 1995, this... Read More

Run by the same two Italian families (the Lucchesis and the Particellis) since 1931, this old-fashioned general store has an interior that’s... Read More

A carefully curated collection of unusual, high-end housewares fills the two floors of this home-turned-shop. Owner and interior designer Laura Rombauer... Read More

Following a 36-mile route between Napa and St. Helena, this unforgettable tour provides optimal views of the Napa Valley from an old-fashioned train of... Read More

Peter and Sue Hua Newton established Newton Vineyards in 1977 on one-square mile of tumbling slopes on Spring Mountain overlooking St. Helena. Though... Read More

In the scenic Stag’s Leap district, this refreshingly modern winery hosts wine tastings in an intimate midcentury room. A small flagstone patio shaded... Read More

Opus One could be called a winemaker’s winery. Its limestone colonnades pay homage to old-world architecture, but the eclectic modern interior of this... Read More

The Green Spa Network property has a worm-bin composting program that literally eats trash. Read More

Before he was elected San Francisco’s youngest-ever mayor, Gavin Newsom had found other ways to stir up the local establishment. His 1997 opening... Read More

Atop Spring Mountain, this winery was started by the Pride family in 1990, with current winemaker Sally Johnson. Housed within the remnants of an 1890... Read More

Provenance Vineyards released its first vintage in 1999, the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, and used that success to purchase the former Chateau... Read More

One of the last parcels of land in the Rutherford area to be utilized for grape growing, this 280-acre property was purchased by famous Chilean... Read More

Up 1,700 feet on Spring Mountain, this facility used turn-of-the-century stones from the previous tenant to rebuild a structure reminiscent of an... Read More

There is, perhaps, no greater influence on the Napa Valley than Robert Mondavi and his eponymous winery. Having built his facility in 1966 in the then... Read More

A stop along the winery-laden Silverado Trail, this particular edifice was built with stone and wood materials to evoke the aura of something between a... Read More

Newly opened in 2007, this winery sits amid 357 acres of sustainably grown grapevines, olive groves, and biodynamic gardens. Operated by the MacDonnell... Read More

Round Pond actually refers to two places: a winery and an olive oil company on separate sides of the street. Founder Bob MacDonnell, who started... Read More

As part of the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, the Rudd Center provides a variety of wine-related courses and programs for both... Read More

Leslie Rudd owns several businesses in the Napa area, the foremost being this winery. The 55-acre estate—in the esteemed region of Oakville&mdash... Read More

Pinot noir thrives in Napa Valley’s Carneros region—a reason that this winery has succeeded in revolutionizing the California wine industry... Read More

For a hands-on taste of winemaking, this property (known for its sparkling wines—in particular, Brut Rosé, Blanc de Blanc, and Cré... Read More

At its foundation, Shafer is a relationship between father and son, as are a number of Napa Valley wineries. John Shafer, who abandoned a successful... Read More

Started in 1972 by Ray Duncan, this high-end winery, producing only cabernet sauvignon, is actually split between two separate locations. The Alexander... Read More

As Napa Valley became a hotbed during the silver rush in the 1850’s, the Silverado Trail was completed for a more efficient route between the... Read More

Founded in 1971 by eccentric, sometimes gruff brothers Stuart and Charles Smith, this winery encompasses some 200 secluded acres atop Spring Mountain.... Read More

With 14 rooms and more than 100 treatments ranging in a multitude of skin and nail rejuvenation, massages, and baths, as well as fitness and yoga... Read More

In downtown Yountville, this Italian villa-style spa is part of the larger Villagio resort. The 16-treatment rooms and five private spa suites are... Read More

Founded in 1882, the estate mansion of Spottswoode has been featured on the label of each vintage, even though wine wasn’t produced until 100... Read More

If you were a soap-opera watcher in the 1980s, you might feel a twinge of déjà vu as you approach this winery’s elaborate, turn-of... Read More

Decades after winning first place at the 1976 Judgment of Paris wine tasting, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is still highly respected for its... Read More

Sutter Home, the second-largest independent, family-owned winery in America, is probably most well-known for creating its sweet White Zinfandel in the... Read More

After helping his father and brother develop Swanson Family frozen dinners in the 1950’s, W. Clarke Swanson created this winery in 1985,... Read More

Getting to this mountaintop winery entails a scenic drive up winding, wooded country roads. By the time you pull up to the ivy-covered, historic stone... Read More

Located on a 23-acre estate, V Marketplace is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The brick walled, open-air, two-leveled structure is... Read More

Delia Viader, an Argentina native who speaks six languages, built this winery in 1986 at an elevation of 1200 feet on Napa’s Howell Mountain.... Read More

At an elevation higher than most other wineries on Spring Mountain, this family-owned estate opened its facility to visitors in 2008. Proprietors Launny... Read More

Situated on Diamond Mountain, this small, family-owned winery was established by Rudy von Strasser, who began his career as the first American intern to... Read More

This winery has touches of the Southwest, especially the blue and yellow corn-colored paint that adorns the modern exterior. Because of its prime... Read More

The wine list at this intimate, rustic subterranean cavern boasts more than 600 labels (the rough-hewn stone walls are lined here with bottle-filled... Read More

Since 2004, chocolatier Tracy Wood Anderson has sold her collection of delectable handmade chocolates in this sumptuously elegant shop. Beneath a... Read More

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